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TELCO (The East London Citizens Organisation) is the founding Chapter of Citizens UK. We are a powerful alliance of over 80 civil society institutions comprised of trade unions, faith groups, charities, schools and universities, all working together to make East London a better place to live.

We organise communities to act together for social justice and the common good, developing the leadership capacity of our members so they can hold our cities' decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them. TELCO has a proud 20-year history. We pioneered the Living Wage campaign; Community Land Trust Housing; Ethical Olympics; and Good Jobs for young people. In addition to these successful campaigns, we are currently working on new campaigns on hate crime; mental health; and energy poverty. If your institution is not yet in membership, we'd love to have a conversation with you. Involvement in a Citizens UK alliance is one of the best ways for you and your organisation to make a tangible difference in your borough and London wide, whilst developing the leadership skills and capacity of your membership.

To arrange a sit down with one of our organisers, contact: emmanuel.gotora@citizensuk.org

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Rabbis, Bishops and Imams unite to call for Redbridge Council to offer sanctuary to 50 UN refugees

On Wednesday 8th October, at the start of the Jewish Festival of Succot at Bet Tikvah Synagogue in Ilford, senior faith leaders Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism, Imam Mohamed Fahim (South Woodford Mosque), Father Brian McGrath (Saint Thomas of Canterbury), Rabbi David Hulbert (Bet Tikvah Synagogue, Ilford) and Iris Radulin, a refugee leader from Albanian community organization  Shpresa (‘Hope’ in English), joined members of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, to call upon the Leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal,  to resettle a small number of vulnerable refugees living in UN camps near war-zones such as Syria and Iraq. Currently the UK has resettled fewer than 20 refugee families from Syria since the start of the crisis.

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St Clement's Takes Top Prize at Housing Awards

The East London Community Land Trust’s innovative housing development at St Clement’s, Mile End, has won two prestigious industry awards. The development at the St Clement’s Hospital site is home to London’s, and the UK’s first urban, community land trust scheme. On Thursday 11 September the project won the overall award for ‘Provider of the Year’ as well as the ‘Best Scheme in Planning’ award at the National Housing Awards.

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Rebdridge Citizens thank leader and deputy leader of the council and chair of the Ilford BID for banning high strength, low cost alcohol in Ilford town centre

On Wednesday 10th September, Redbridge Citizens, a local branch of national community organising charity, CitizensUK, met the Leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal, Deputy Leader, Wes Streeting and Chair of the Ilford BID, Rai Holdstock, to publicly thank them for working to ban the sale of low cost, high strength alcohol in Ilford town centre.

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Engineering a lasting legacy in East London

Today the Social Mobility Commission reports that the UK is "deeply elitist" and calls for a national effort to "break open" Britain's elite, asking the government to tackle the culture of unpaid internships that disadvantage those too poor to work for nothing. Citizens UK believes that offering work placements to all is just one way to tackle inequality of opportunity.

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Redbridge Citizens Tackling Street Drinking in Ilford

Moved by the stories of street drinking in Ilford and inspired by other stories of success in taking action against street drinking by Nottingham Citizens, Redbridge Citizens had its first meeting last night to tackle this major issue.

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Mayoral Candidates Agree to Brighten Up Tower Hamlets

Last night, Thursday 8th May, three of Tower Hamlets’ mayoral candidates joined each other on stage, in front of over 400 members of Tower Hamlets Citizens’ (local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK), to respond to their people’s manifesto asks ahead of the borough’s hotly contested election on May 22nd.

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Three Candidates for Leader of Redbridge Council Agree to Pay Care Workers Living Wage

Last night, 6 May 2014, at the first ever Redbridge Citizens Accountability Assembly, three candidates for leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Keith Prince (Conservative), Cllr Ian Bond (Liberal Democrat) and Cllr Wes Streeting (on behalf of Cllr Jas Athwal - Labour), agreed to work with Redbridge Citizens to move the Redbridge Council from 80% to 100% compliant with the Citizens UK Social Care Charter. This would make Redbridge the first London Conservative borough to become fully compliant.

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